At the age of 10 and 11, children of educated, high-earning mothers score lower on cognitive tests and are more likely to be overweight if their mother works outside the home, when the kids are young. So says a new study published in Labour Economics. However, children of less-educated, lower-income mothers who worked in outside jobs did as well or better than children of stay-at-home moms. From Newsweek:
Most likely, says (researcher Christopher) Ruhm, the low-status kids get more intellectual stimulation in day care or with other caretakers, such as grandparents, than they do at home. Meanwhile, the high-status kids may find day care less enriching than being with their highly educated mothers. When these moms go back to work, “you’re pulling the [high-status] kids out of these really good home environments,” says Ruhm, “and a lot of the alternatives just aren’t as good.”
If Sarah Palin weren’t the Republican vice presidential nominee, would this study have made Newsweek?